Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Turn Your Blog Into a Book

Blurb (www.blurb.com) has their software working for blogger again, so if you haven't heard, you can turn your blog into a book by downloading a free program from Blurb. It's called "BookSmart" and is one of the simplest programs I've found for making photobooks. Rather than uploading your photos to a site, once you download BookSmart, it finds iPhoto and lets you drag and drop your pictures into your new photobook. Lots of layouts to choose from as well. The advantage over photo books from Mac is the price -- $30 for a hardcover book up to 40 pages, $36 up to 80, etc. Mac is $35 for 20 pages and $1 each additional page. (Softcover is even cheaper)

Even better is you can "slurp" your blog into a book. With this option, once you download the application, you simply choose to create a blog book and enter your blog name and password and BookSmart will upload your blog--pictures and all (you can select date ranges and entries etc.). You can change page formats and layouts to emphasize photos, text etc. and perfect your story.

I tried to do this at Christmas but because of ever changing code at various blog sites, Blurb was no longer compatible with Blogger. But now they're up and going so I didn't want to waste time! (I did order a photo book at Christmas and it turned out beautiful -- so I know they do good work.) Have fun!


Julie said...

Yea! I need to do this. Thanks for the reminder.

jukebox6 said...

I had always heard rumors of this but never knew anyone who had actually done it and liked it. Thanks for the info.